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Mar 22, 2013 2:00pm PDT
jew's-harp] (brown) timbre is tone quality, you know, when you listen to a sound, when you listen to a musical note, you hear several things. [throaty singing] you hear the basic note, but you also hear some overtones. you hear some other sounds that are generated. [shrill flute plays] the particular combination of overtones that you hear gives each musical instrument its own sound. [single note played on various instruments] you could play a note-- say a "g" on a guitar, and you could play that same note on a flute. the fundamental frequency of the note, the "g," is the same, but the timbre is not. and what makes the timbre is the mix of the overtones that you hear along with the fundamental note. [choir sings] (leek) timbre for me is the very essence of a particular sound and the way that it can be developed or changed in its smallest part so that it becomes something else. it can be a very pure sound like for instance, ♪ ohhhhhhh, which is, in a timbre, is very pure, and if we start applying different things to it, for instance, we can change the timbre of the sound by just changi
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